With effect from 1 January 2017, the fees are increased by 1.8%.
The fees are indexed annually on the basis of the index of negotiated wages as calculated by Statistics Netherlands.
The current fees can be found in this overview.
With effect from 1 January 2017, a differentiated fee will be charged for an application for recognition as a sponsor for work purposes.
Start-ups and small businesses may, as of 1 January 2017, be eligible for a reduced fee for recognition as a sponsor for work purposes. This reduced fee is 50% lower than the current fee for recognition as a sponsor for work purposes. Please note: this reduced fee will be subject to 1.8% indexation as described above. A condition, however, is that applicants ask for this reduced fee themselves, demonstrating that the company employs 50 persons or less.
This reduced fee may also apply to sponsors who have already been recognised and who only have to file an application for recognition as a sponsor due to a change in legal form. The differentiation of the fees is the result of a promise the government made to the House of Representatives.
The fee will not change for the other companies/institutions applying for recognition as a sponsor for work purposes, on the understanding that this fee will, as of 1 January 2017, be subject to the annual indexation, which means an increase of 1.8% (see above).
Background information on the above can be found in the Letter to Parliament dated 6 July 2016.
The fees for highly-skilled migrants will be slightly increased (and will then be subject to 1.8% indexation).
The measure for differentiation of the fees for recognition as a sponsor will result in fewer proceeds from fees. The government has decided to compensate this by slightly increasing the current fee for highly-skilled migrants as of 1 January 2017. Please note: this new fee will also be subject to +1.8% indexation as of 1 January 2017.
Background information on the increase in the fees for highly-skilled migrants can be found in the above-mentioned Letter to Parliament dated 6 July 2016.